Friday, April 17, 2009

Pennies For Peace

A few weeks ago I was asked to do a slideshow at a local elementary school on Pakistan. Turns out the school is doing their annual fundraiser for the Central Asia Institute; a non profit run by Greg Mortenson that helps build schools in impoverished areas of northern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan. If you haven't read Greg's book Three Cups of Tea it's worth checking out. I've seen several of the schools the CAI has built in Pakistan firsthand, and the profound impact they can have on a isolated rural community is inspiring to say the least.

Although I was very excited to do the show and be involved with a good cause, my slideshows usually aren't particularly G-rated, so it was a great learning experience for me to try to educate and entertain a group of young kids. Pretty photos of big peaks didn't come off nearly as well as the animal shots. A giant water buffalo in the back of a truck was an especially big hit. The local NPR station ran a short piece on the program, which you can listen to here.